Road Fighter first invaded our consoles in 1987. Past the primary Road Fighter recreation, Capcom has develop a number of iterations of canon Road Fighter gameplay, from Road Fighter II: The World Warrior to the Road Fighter Alpha Collection. Since its console debut, the unique recreation has spawned a number of variations of the video games that aren’t canon, in addition to spin-off films and comics and extra. Whereas there are a number of notable characters within the Road Fighter universe, resembling Chun-Li and Ken, Ryu is likely one of the most infamous characters within the recreation. Though Ryu is the primary protagonist in Road Fighter, he… nicely, he truly type of stinks. Sure, he may truly odor from all of the fights and tournaments, however we’re talking extra of his character than his olfactory output.
All through the Road Fighter timeline, the fighters have undergone a good quantity of fascinating character improvement. Ken Masters is perhaps decided to develop into a extra adept fighter, however he begins to restrain himself so he doesn’t put his household in danger. Sakura, in the meantime, is consistently making an attempt to study. As Capcom’s first one-on-one fighter recreation has grown all through the years, Ryu is among the solely fighters who’s remained comparatively the identical since 1987. Whereas a few of us won’t play the Road Fighter video games for the in-game plot or the dialogue, there are a couple of causes that make us disconnect with him as a playable character. Don’t get us fallacious: there’s quite a bit that we admire about Ryu, and we nonetheless shamelessly return to him in Road Fighter V, however there are nonetheless some noticeable flaws in his character.
- 1 16. HIS BACKSTORY IS AS BLAND AS HIS MOVIE CAMEO
- 2 15. HE HAS PRETTY MEDIOCRE MOVES
- 3 14. CAPCOM ATTEMPTED TO SHIP HIM WITH SAKURA
- 4 13. HE DISHES OUT MORE WISDOM THAN KICKS
- 5 12. HE STILL CAN’T PUNISH ON BLOCK
- 6 11. HIS TIMING IS STILL HIT OR MISS
- 7 10. HE’S EASILY DISTRACTED BY FOOD
- 8 9. HE HAS CONTRADICTORY OPINIONS ABOUT HEROISM
- 9 eight. CAPCOM NERFED HIM
- 10 7. HE’S TOO MORAL
- 11 6. HE’S A FIGHT-O-HOLIC (BUT HE ISN’T GREAT AT FIGHTING)
- 12 5. CAPCOM MADE HIM COMPLETELY UNRECOGNIZABLE
- 13 four. HE’S A BAD FRIEND
- 14 three. HE’S MEGA MAN WITH A BANDANNA
- 15 2. HE’S IN A CONSTANT STATE OF EXISTENTIAL CRISIS
- 16 1. HIS HESITANCE TO MENTOR ANYONE
16. HIS BACKSTORY IS AS BLAND AS HIS MOVIE CAMEO
General, Ryu isn’t a memorable character. When you have any expertise enjoying Road Fighter video games, you’d know that he’s dedicated to the battle… however that’s about it. Clearly, his story arc revolves closely round preventing — in any case, the franchise is known as Road Fighter for a cause. Nevertheless, Ryu doesn’t have a discernible character past that.
Ryu doesn’t even have an unique story arc within the titular Road Fighter film in 1994, which may appear unusual since he’s one of many unique characters within the franchise. The film facilities round Ryu and Ken going round and preventing, making the film a glorified recording of a Road Fighter II struggle scene. The 2009 Road Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li movie additionally forgets that Ryu exists, because the movie briefly mentions his identify as an apart.
15. HE HAS PRETTY MEDIOCRE MOVES
We now have to confess that in earlier Road Fighter gameplay, Ryu had some highly effective punches. Nevertheless, his strikes and combos may be listless. In Road Fighter Alpha three notably, his strikes mirror a variety of Ken’s. Nevertheless, except for Ryu’s by-product strikes, just like the Tastumaki, his strikes don’t exude an excessive amount of injury.
Save for the Metsu Shoryuken in Tremendous Road Fighter IV, which may throw an opponent into the air simply from an uppercut, Ryu’s strikes appear to mildly injure his opponents. Although you’ll be able to amp up his efficiency with some combos, his strikes are just like a one-two-step efficiency, relegating him principally to an entry-level participant.
14. CAPCOM ATTEMPTED TO SHIP HIM WITH SAKURA
Because the daybreak of Road Fighter, gamers have theorized that Ryu is secretly in love with Chun-Li. Granted, Chun-Li has been shipped with all the male characters sooner or later within the fandom’s historical past. Even Capcom isn’t resistant to delivery its personal characters as a result of the corporate included a scene in Road Fighter V: Arcade Version the place Sakura seemingly flirts with Ryu.
Though Ryu had no management over this tried delivery, the state of affairs is creepy to say the least. Since Sakura confirmed up on the road preventing scenes, she’s tried to persuade Ryu to develop into her mentor. Delivery Ryu and Sakura makes their implied student-teacher relationship much less honest.
13. HE DISHES OUT MORE WISDOM THAN KICKS
For those who’ve performed any Road Fighter recreation, then you definitely’d know that Ryu is fixated on turning into a greater fighter. Nevertheless, Ryu strives on a deeply flawed sense of perfectionism. Whereas he is perhaps obsessive about perfecting his craft, he spends extra time in-game giving vaguely introspective monologues than he truly does preventing.
Within the video games, Ryu does much more speaking than preventing. He’s infamous for his “inspiring” phrases of knowledge to different characters, akin to, “This was a battle of spirits, not fists. Search your soul if you want to beat me,” in Extremely Road Fighter II: The Ultimate Challengers. Since he isn’t an distinctive fighter, that may discredit his unsolicited knowledge.
12. HE STILL CAN’T PUNISH ON BLOCK
Okay, Ryu can punish on block within the newer video games, however his blocks aren’t efficient. In Road Fighter V, it may possibly take a good quantity of trial and error to get Ryu to successfully punish his opponents after they’ve used 15 strikes.
Coordinating Ryu’s punish on block turns into exceptionally troublesome towards sure fighters like Laura. Whereas it takes some road preventing mastery to get any character to keep away from Laura’s choke maintain, Ryu’s punish on block is one other train of endurance. Ryu wants to attend for Laura to overextend her strikes earlier than he can block, so he can accrue a whole lot of injury earlier than he has the chance to dam her.
11. HIS TIMING IS STILL HIT OR MISS
As a result of Ryu can grow to be a extra highly effective fighter for those who use Hadokens, timing is important. It’s no shock that Ryu’s Hadokens grow to be stronger the nearer his opponent is to him, so anticipating your opponent’s subsequent transfer requires quite a lot of endurance. Outdoors of Hadokens, Ryu depends closely on close-quarters fight, which may make it tough to seek out the best tempo for Ryu’s strikes and combos.
Whereas follow makes good, strategizing Ryu’s hit and miss strikes feeds into his innately perfectionist traits. If we’ve discovered something from Ryu’s perfectionist nature, getting his timing good won’t assist you to turn out to be a talented fighter.
10. HE’S EASILY DISTRACTED BY FOOD
For a personality who’s canonically decided on turning into a greater fighter, some grub can simply deter Ryu from that mission. Aside from preventing, the one factor Ryu’s extra keen about is meals, notably meatloaf. Whereas Ryu’s opponents haven’t caught on to the truth that they might win any struggle in the event that they strategically positioned a meal close by, his weak spot to meals exhibits that easy distractions can divert him from his most important mission: to grow to be the most effective fighter.
We will all be gluttonous in terms of consolation meals, however every time Ryu’s provided a meal in-game or in his a number of comedian collection, he briefly forgets his aims. Seeing as Ryu’s simply swayed by a snack, this contradicts his canon perfectionism as a result of he’s simply influenced by his abdomen.
9. HE HAS CONTRADICTORY OPINIONS ABOUT HEROISM
From the start of Road Fighter’s legacy, we study that Ryu is a dedicated hero. Ryu’s ardour for heroism stems from his want to be the perfect fighter within the Road Fighter universe, however typically he isn’t as heroic as he strives to be.
Whereas Ryu needs to guard harmless and weak people from the large bads in Road Fighter, he continuously tries to battle the urge to fatally wound his opponents in his earlier story. Previous to Road Fighter III, Ryu’s obsession with preventing feeds the destructive power within the Satsui no Hado, which suggests Ryu is consistently feigning extra violent urges in battle.
eight. CAPCOM NERFED HIM
In Road Fighter, Road Fighter II and Road Fighter Alpha three, Ryu’s combos have been exceptionally highly effective, which led to a variety of gamers decrying that it wasn’t truthful to play as him. Capcom reformatted Ryu’s strikes, strengths and skills within the current Road Fighter V, which helped stability his former Gary Stu standing.
Though Capcom leveled the enjoying area, Ryu’s nerfing made him a lower-middle tier character, and it additionally made us understand that his character was depending on his beforehand overpowered strikes. Whereas this nerfing helped stability his powers and stats, now, Ryu’s gameplay is overshadowed by his former glory.
7. HE’S TOO MORAL
Whether or not you’re enjoying a Road Fighter recreation or watching the films, Ryu is all the time excited to ship a monologue about how his opponents ought to study to turn out to be higher individuals. His fixed drive to guard anybody, even those that won’t want defending, exhibits that he’s perpetually making an attempt to one-up his ethical endeavors.
In Marvel vs. Capcom, Ryu even delivers motivational speeches to the opponents he beats, together with Marvel’s morally righteous hero, Captain America. The very last thing the loser of a battle needs to listen to is a noble lesson from the one that defeated them. Giving the loser of the battle reward and recommendation isn’t a nasty attribute, however it seems that Ryu is simply overcompensating together with his ethical compass due to Evil Ryu.
6. HE’S A FIGHT-O-HOLIC (BUT HE ISN’T GREAT AT FIGHTING)
Regardless of making an attempt to develop into one of the best fighter, Ryu’s talents are nonetheless decrease tier. He won’t be the weakest or least expert character, however he’s undoubtedly on the decrease of the center vary. Within the crossover recreation, X-Males vs. Road Fighter, Ryu’s story arc could possibly be summed up with him speaking about preventing or truly throwing punches. He was consumed by preventing.
In different video games, his habit to preventing led to his demise, which exhibits that, regardless of his love for persistent preventing, he nonetheless isn’t an apt fighter. In Marvel Tremendous Heroes vs. Road Fighter, Omega Pink beat Ryu, finally resulting in his unorthodox retirement from the crossover recreation.
5. CAPCOM MADE HIM COMPLETELY UNRECOGNIZABLE
In Road Fighter V, Capcom revamped most of our beloved fighters. Naturally, Ryu nonetheless dons his bandanna in his Road Fighter V redesign, however there’s noticeably one thing totally different about his look. After Capcom launched its fifth instalment, Ryu’s new look didn’t embrace a shirt like his earlier character renditions, and as an alternative, swapped it for a full and admittedly fairly lush beard.
Whereas Capcom enhanced the graphics within the 2016 recreation, Ryu’s revamp was pointless. Provided that the video games concentrate on preventing, Ryu’s new shirtless wardrobe was distracting to loads of followers, however Ryu’s character appeared unscathed by the modifications within the recreation.
four. HE’S A BAD FRIEND
At occasions, Ryu is defensive of his pals; nevertheless, he additionally offers with a lone wolf mentality the place he tries to distance himself from his buddies. Though retaining his distance — whether or not that’s bodily or emotionally — may assist him shield his associates, it additionally makes him unfriendly. Okay, fighters won’t be the friendliest characters in gaming historical past, nevertheless it’s counterproductive to behave cordial with somebody after which keep away from them.
Nevertheless, it’s extra counterproductive to kiss your pleasant rival’s ex-girlfriend. In Malibu Comics’ Road Fighter collection, Ryu and Chun-Li kiss. As we additionally study in this specific rendition of Road Fighter, Ken and Chun-Li may need some romantic historical past. Provided that Ryu kisses Chun-Li, this looks like a breech within the unstated friendship ethical code.
three. HE’S MEGA MAN WITH A BANDANNA
Whereas there are a number of parallels between Ryu and Ken within the Road Fighter franchise, Ryu mimics Mega Man in plenty of his ideologies and traits. Like Mega Man, Ryu is dedicated to defending everybody. Apart from their respective heroism, they each have a grandiose ethical code. The one discernible distinction between Mega Man and Ryu is their bodily look.
Provided that Capcom conceptualized Ryu and Mega Man at across the similar time, there are sure to be similarities between the characters. Plus, each Mega Man and Ryu have been very important protagonists of their early years, however at the moment are at present outshined, and out-fought, by their fellow principal characters. The parallels are infinite.
2. HE’S IN A CONSTANT STATE OF EXISTENTIAL CRISIS
Ryu is so vehement about turning into a greater fighter that it’s redundant at this level. Nevertheless, there are temporary moments in Ryu’s life the place he turns into self-aware that he won’t turn out to be the most effective fighter — or perhaps a good fighter. Within the manga Road Fighter III: Ryu Ultimate, Ryu involves phrases with the truth that he won’t develop into a first-rate fighter after he battles Akuma.
Whereas he lastly acknowledges that he won’t ever be the perfect fighter, it nonetheless doesn’t give him closure as a result of he continues on his self-imposed quest to turn out to be a greater fighter. Positive, Ryu can nonetheless work to enhance his preventing talents, however this creates a paradox the place Ryu continues to be obsessive about preventing whereas superficially noting that he gained’t be the most effective.
1. HIS HESITANCE TO MENTOR ANYONE
Time and time once more, Ryu refuses to mentor Sakura or tackle a scholar in any respect. Although Ryu spends a lot of his time working towards and truly preventing, his reluctance to mentor a scholar signifies that he isn’t even assured in his personal preventing talents. Positive, Ryu’s self-doubt makes him a extra relatable character, nevertheless it additionally demonstrates that he doesn’t know what he’s doing.
The archetypal quote from George Bernard Shaw says, “Those who can’t do, teach.” Nevertheless, Ryu truly must know tips on how to correctly struggle to really feel snug sufficient to mentor somebody. Though Ryu is keen to behave as the issue solver amongst his pleasant rivals, he’s much less prepared to behave as a mentor to any of his cohorts.